Last night’s First Friday was unusual, not only for the interesting performance art we witnessed at glam, but also for one particular awareness-raising exhibition. Puppies are Biodegradable is at FUEL (also known as the former real world house) through July 30th.

We made our way in to find a packed house typical for a summer First Friday. the show on the lower level is replete with cute and fun canine themed art. I was not quite sure where the biodegradable element came in until we went upstairs to find a much more somber element. Placards detail the atrocities of puppy mills, many of which are in Lancaster County here in Pennsylvania.

One particular breeder applied for a permit to open his own breeding facility. When asked what he would do with unsold puppies his representative explained:

…that the puppies would be killed…and that unsold dogs would be exterminated, composted and spread as fertilizer on fields. Zimmerman told the neighbor that they would be “left to rot” and that “they are biodegradable.”

I ventured further around the room I learned that the state of Pennsylvania categorizes dogs as agriculture. Agriculture. If you have ever loved a pet in your life, you know how horrific it is to refer to them as such. For more information please visit: http://www.puppiesarebiodegradable.com/.

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